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What’s going on (as Marvin Gaye used to warble)

These are strange times and, the longer the Coronavirus crisis continues, the more I grow concerned about where the 21st Century world of the internet, smartphones and social media is taking us. Overnight I rose to the accompaniment of a phone-in programme on Radio Five Live as I toured the [...]

April 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

A recommended read or two from the Editor

What a splendid thing is the internet – keeping us all in touch with each other as the Coronavirus pandemic continues its progress around the world! Although out here, bobbing around in the ocean on our mooring off the coast of Tenerife, you’d think we’d find our existence somewhat removed [...]

April 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

A nagging reminder of how great I am

Have you ever sensed that glorious feeling that you are a complete genius and the rest of humanity minnows? I know I have. Although I must admit that as time slips by in this modern world actual instances of the phenomenon are becoming rarer and rarer, I had one on Wednesday. Let me expand. As part [...]

April 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Situation Report: could do better

Apart from trying to do to some PT (as we used to call it) in a pair of 1980s leotards and leg-warmers – plus an old Jane Fonda JVC video that of course I cannot play because nobody has a video-record/player these days – that I found in the corner of one of my wardrobes, my biggest [...]

April 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

A day in the life of Bob Tickler (self-isolating)

With my cleaner deciding she was no longer coming in and the laundry collection service suspended, I was forced to do my own washing and ironing on bedding change day. The ironing I managed but lowering the ironing board, for which there seemed to be no lever, was more problematic. As I  folded my [...]

March 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

Some are getting it … and others aren’t

In this day and age it should surprise nobody that the human world is largely composed of (1) generally well-meaning individuals who try to treat others as they’d like to be treated themselves and also care about those less fortunate than themselves; (2) those that through circumstances beyond [...]

March 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

Another day gone

It’s getting tough out here in Lockdown-land. I don’t know what it’s like where other Rusters are living in self-isolation – and don’t get me wrong, we’re all in this together – but living in solitary confinement, which by personal choice I’ve been doing these past twenty years, is [...]

March 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get worse … before it gets more worse

It occurred to me yesterday that you can get up to some pretty weird things trying to occupy yourself during these lock-down days. It’s all relative, of course. Here in The Rust’s editorial command centre on the second level deck of the publisher’s superyacht moored two miles off the coast of [...]

March 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

Land line v Skype

A few years ago a good friend of mine and I would speak on the phone every Sunday religiously. He is extremely well-informed in most areas and I cherished those conversations. We decided to revive them. We went back to our traditional means of communication – the landline. We had an unwritten [...]

March 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

What goes around comes around

Returning from my own self-isolation purdah – from about May of 2019 I’ve been sparing in my Rust contributions largely because, the way the world was going, there seemed little point in continuing to air my unflinchingly cynical views upon political matters for fear of boring this organ’s [...]

March 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

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